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health care reform. flying to a townhall in a conservative part of montana. the audience we were told was not prescreened. the meeting was more like a campaign rally than debate over health care. the president even getting a standing ovation. we have the story covered tonight beginning with the chief white house correspondent chuck todd now joining us from belgrade, montana, chuck. >>> good evening, ann. the president finished up the first of what are going to be back to back townhall meetings here out west. colorado happens tomorrow. all of this part of an opportunity to try to regain the political momentum in his push for health care reform. >> reporter: president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow, for what was billed as a townhall on health care but at times felt more like a campaign rally. >> hello, montana! >> reporter: president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a most
barack obama brought to montana today. he's on a four-state tour to his health care reform plan. an increasingly contentious topic across the country. >> reporter: the president hielf out in montana today which is out west but as two democratic senators said the fight is fierce and you have seen all of these town halls. many in maryland and it has been kind of tough on democrats. but on president barack obama today, not surprisingly nobody got in his face. but it did get some tough questions. the president's aides say the president has been itching to deal with the toughest of questions. number one, they say he is convinced health care reform insurgent and doable. number two, he's convinced a lot of the so-called tough questions are really based on misconceptions. didn't hear any misconceptions alleged today. but the president did get the core question which is how are we going to afford all of this and here is some of what happened in montana. >> if i'm writing a check to my local church, i don't know why uncle sam should be giving me a bigger t break than the person that makes
today fielding queendns htr montana e therilhe teer no dramatic outbursts. the president did get tough questions from people in the audience. steve handelsman has our report. >> reporter: with polls showing support dropping for his health care initiative, president obama took the lead himself at a town hall in montana. and took the heat. >> that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 had million people for free. let's assume it costs about $30 billion a year over ten years. we do have to come up with that money. when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. but i said that for people like myself who make more than that, there's nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who got a little bit less. that was my commitment. >> reporter: backing the president's plans are some strange bedfellows,
to have this week. two more, one in montana, one in colorado. but if he didn't get any heat here in new hampshire, it's probably unlikely he'll get real heat in colorado or montana. brian. >>> chuck todd starting us off from portsmouth tonight, chuck, thanks. >>> that sentiment we have been talking about, anger, expressed members of congress home for their summer recess one on full display again today elsewhere. and as nbc's anne thompson tells us tonight, health care is just one subject that has some americans feeling worried and downright angry. >> reporter: today pennsylvania senator arlen specter came face to face with what is now a familiar scene. >> he is right? >> he -- >> my constitutional rights! >> this is maoist china. this is -- >> reporter: voter anger at a townhall about health care. but the anger is not always about health care. this man erupted when he was not chosen to speak. >> i got news for you, that you and your cronies in the government do this kind of stuff all the time. >> reporter: and this self-described conservative republican railed against the direction of t
in montana. brian. >> savannah guthrie at the white house to start us off tonight. thanks. >>> a lot of the emotion we are seeing at the townhalls concerns what the administration has been calling the public option. opponents like to call it a government takeover of health care. the basic question remains -- what does the obama administration really mean by this term "public option." tonight we launch an effort aimed at making sense of it all. our report from nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> this is not health reform -- >> reporter: in the health care debate, two words evoke a strong reaction. public option. >> why will be forced into the public option -- >> reporter: heard again today at a townhall meeting in maryland. >> i would like you to address how the public option -- decreases or increases our choices in health care. t. nothing has been decided to democrats want the federal government to create a new public health insurance program to compete with private companies. >> private insurance could be here today and gone tomorrow. a public insurance option is a guaranteed program you kno
whitewater rafting in montana. looked too good to be true. you know what? it was sort o t you see a four-star hotel inicen ve mistakenly offered aen romantic en ekwed for 1 ekeuro. boeo p0ple p booked rooms. tedokplhe rooms at the price. but, it tutne ood te b a mistake. the hotel mint to offer sgho- atatty h bal two-night stay at half price. usually rooms there cost up to the sfftat.gher the staffer made the akstmie. still, the hotel ssaytla i pstn to honor reservations that could cost them about $129,000. still ahead tonight -- new technology could keep college students safer. as they head back to school. tell you about that. >>> plus after a beautiful saturday, will we stay dry for bet er cocooler.olgh >>> thousand of young people are heading back to school. new technology destoond to give parents some peace of mind as their young loved ones leave the nest. derek ward has that report tonight. move in day. right of passages for sons and daughters. howard university and american university, parents say good-bye. >> i'm not so concerned about really just leaving her by herself. am just c
were only around 60 out in great falls and then to montana. our temperature was only two degrees below average, but, boy, is it still dry and it's still delightful. here's the humidity. dew point's in the 7. that's going to be coming our way. a little ripple in the atmosphere. that will produce showers. we've got high clouds coming in on us. as a result with the high clouds not as cool as it's been. right now in and around us, nothing going on radar. the pufl area of high pressure that brought all the wonderful weather moves off. tomorrow back to the south and southwesterly winds. if yo gou and the bay i think the winds will pick up and nice sailing weather and there will be low pressure to our north. a slight chance as we get into the humidity we may see a pop-up variety here, especially if you're heading to the mountains of west virginia. tomorrow near 90 degrees and a bit more humid. look at raleigh. 98. and then 100 degrees on sunday and i think our temperatures on sunday will be in the mid 90s. enjoy the evening. a lot of high cloud. but once again very pleasant temperatures. humi
in montana. brooke hart has the latest. >> reporter: president obama heads west today on a health care reform rescue mission. >> fascist pig. >> let the record show the man left on his own. >> reporter: after a week of town hall flare-ups, one poll shows his efforts in troubling. >> rationing happens now. >> reporter: 34% of americans tell "usa today" they're now more sympathetic to protesters. 21% say less so. newt gingrich wants more town halls. protesters claim the president is pushing everything from abortion to euthanasia in his reform plan. >> one of the reasons we've pushed back is because of those misconceptions. >> reporter: starting today, a coalition of reform allies raises the stakes in a new ad. >> what does health insurance reform really mean? >> reporter: the ads paid for by drugmakers, the biggest doctor and hospital groups in the country, teaming up with a major union to back the president. >> it means you can't be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition or dropped if you get sick. it means putting health care decisions in the hands of you and your doct. >> reporter: the
day today. 70 out there in billings, montana. billings, montana. d rfo all of your weather needs you know where to go,, that will cover it for you. jenna, back to you. >>> nearly one in three americans over the age of 45 has some type of knee pain, for some it's stiffness after sitting for hours, for others, a dull ache after exercising, but what's causing it and what can you do about it? dr. victor kobe, co-chief of orthopedic surgery at northern westchester hospital in new york. >> good morning. >> we're going to break this down. knee pain comes in a number of different forms, there's osteoarthritis, overuse, tendonitis and specific injuries. i want to get to all of it and then we'll talk about treatment. let's start with osteoarthritis because as we get older undoubtedly we're going to have knee pain but why is the question, why does that happen? >> what happens is we all get knee pain from time to time, but it's when the pain becomes more persistent that usually catches our attention. there's cartilage or cushion in the knee and over time, that can wear thin. the knee
, holding a town hall meeting in colorado to discuss health care. friday he stopped in montana. the president did not experience the same animosity many senators and representatives have faced. mr. obama told the audience what they've seen on tv doesn't tell the whole story and constructive meetings have been taking place across the country. most who attended seemed to support the president's plan. but not everyone, one man even turned the president's own joke about bull in washington on him. >> and we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you're going it pay for this. >> you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> the president went on tell the man he will not raise taxes on families making $250,000 or less, and admitted the wealthy will have to pay more. some protestors did come out, they were kept about half a mile away. he often had to shout to be heard above the crowd. but the senator tells the "washington post" he has not been discouraged. in fact, he says the opposite has happened. he's more deter
's out west today and pushing his plan for health care rerm. he held a town hall meeting in montana this afternoon and will hold another one in colorado tomorrow. >> the reform debate has sparked noisy exchanges between supporters and opponents. "meet the press" moderator david gregory joins us now with more and a preview of "meet the press" this sunday morning. we have all seen these anyry outbursts. are they having an impact? >> they are having an impact on the debate. the white house feels the need to hit back to try to win the argument on some of these points to push back against the things clearly not true. you know, lot of the talk about the death panel this week and so forth not part of the bill. one of the things that may be in trouble here is the idea of bipartisanship on this issue. i think democrats and some i talked to today are getting closer to a point where they say let's just get this done with the democratic vote. one of the reasons you saw the president ou west, he's also trying to stiffen the spine of some of those more conservative democrats whom he needs. >> is
chuck todd is traveling with the president. he has the latest from big sky, montana. chuck? >> good morning, lester. the president is out west for a working vacation. yesterday was town hall number one. today will be town hall number two in grand junction, colorado, all of it is an attempt to recapture political momentum to pass health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow for what was billed as a town hall on health care but at times felt like a campaign rally. president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times, as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a mostly supportive audience, but not before offering his own media critique of how town halls hav been covered this week. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud, are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> reporter: mindful of tuesday's relatively cane new hampshire town hall the president av
bladensburg road and the traffic circle of west virginia, montana avenues because of a building fire. everybody's being turned around right now. it does appear some traffic may be getting by the service roadway, but again, inbound and outbound new york avenue between west virginia, montana and bladensburg road close because of a building fire. you can see some of the fire there. elsewhere let you know things a little hazy through the mid-august muck as you take a look at the wilson bridge, but the good news is traffic is moving along nicely. joe, back to you. >> a lot of haze. thanks very much, jerry. >>> time is now 6:43, 73 degrees. >>> the big screen tv on sale for $10, but there's a big but. >> i can imagine. d.c. mayor adrian fenty is here for "connecting with the mayor." i'm going to ask you about whether the district is ready for the start of school and whether the district is making a push to bring the >>> our time 6:. we're connecting you with the mayor, as always, at this time every thursday i'm here with d.c. mayor adrian fenty. welcome. >> thanks for having me. >> great t
virginia, montana avenues. authorities head there. trip to the wilson bridge looking good so far. back to you. >> thank you, jerry. >> thanks. >> amtrak hopes to entice you to ride the rails. they're offering discount fares through december. prices for one-way tickets in the northeast are slashed by 25%. that means y can get away to philly, new york or boston for as little as 66 bucks round trip. amtrak says so far the promotion has been a success. that's why they're extending it. >> plus, news for your health this morning. is it the facial fountain of youth? technology that promises to get rid of wrinkles naturally. the secret ingredient, the procedure uses a patient's own blood. the procedure is called cell fill. here's how it works. doctors draw some blood, then use a patented process to turn it into a special product. hmm. wonder what that is. that product is then injected into the treatment area. it's billed as the next t best thing to a face lift with no side effects. i guess no stitches. >> over the course of eight weeks, develop new collagen and growth of blood vessels and real
. the chairman of the house ways and means committee. congressman, welcome. i want to take you to montana. this is a town hall debate that the president had. listen to randy rathy, what he had to >> max baucus, our senator, has been locked up in a dark room there for months now trying to come up with some money to pay for these programs and we keep getting the bull. that's a we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for thi u're savin re, you're saving over there. going to take a little money there, take a little money there. you have no money. the only way to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. max baucus says he doesn't want to put a bill out that will. but that's the only way you can do that. >> congressman, isn't he right? >> i can't believe that -- that our democracy is so fragile that people have no answer to a very serious problem would just try to create animosity and hatred rather than try to sit down and first find out what is the problem, how costly is it and what does it take in order to stop it. there's no question that almost everyone
will be prohibited from denying coverage because of a person's medical history, period. >> reporter: in montana last night, folks who were dropped by their insurance company after they got sick. >> we are held hostage at any given moment by health insurance companies that deny coverage or drop coverage. >> reporter: and here in grand junction, it's about ow premiums are going up. >> in the past few year, premiums have nearly doubled. >> reporter: and mr. obama is getting some help from political allies, a coalition that includes some strange bed foale will hes that include drug company, unions and hospitals, launched a $12 million ad campaign in 130er9 of reform. >> so what does health insurance reform really mean? >> reporter: lester, the president overnight actually in phoenix where tomorrow it's all about vacation. the family will tour the grand can john. lester? >> chuck todd this evening, thank you. we're joined f more from washington with david gregory. the story line is the president trying to take back the message, but does the white house at least privately take some responsibility for losi
insurance proposal in montana. >>> people in our area got to voice their opinions today at a health care town hall in hagerstown, maryland. keith garvin joins us live from hagerstown with more on their part of the story. keith? >> reporter: the line in hagerstown community college began to form more than four hours before the start. residents mainly from western maryland eager to share their opinions on health care reform proposals. this was not a -- >> no sign to be apathetic anymore. people are waking up and seeing a lot of spending. their wallets are hurt. >> even though this is not a perfect bill, we know that this is not the bill that is ultimately going to be voted on. there is a civilized way of getting the truth as it is understood now. >> reporter: seems like these have become more familiar across the country in the past few week town hall meetings held by congressmen where emotions have come to the surface. in some cases crowds moving close to violence. today's host, ben cardin, faced a tough audience in towson on monday and was hope for civility. >> we hope those in attendance
stranded overnight in a cramped regional jet. just yards from an airline terminal in montana, minnesota. the six-hour ordeal is now under investigation with you the u.s. transportation department. secretary ray lahood is demanding an explanation from continental airlines andts regional partner, express jet. continental called the incident, quote, completely unacceptable. passengers of flight 2816, using language a bit stronger. >> it was a horrible ride. >> when i went into the restroom it did not flush. >> reporter: this weekend's incident is renewing calls for passenger's bill of rights. the airlines have already promised to try to term it it to three hours. the advocates want an actual law. >> tre people like humans and not like cattle. that's really all the passenger rights is seeking. >> reporter: bills are currently making their way through the u.s. house and senate. >> consume verse no rights when they walk on an airplane and the congress has been considering for years passenger rights legislation but the airlines keep striking it down. >> reporter: for now passengers will have t
northeast, look out for the broken down vehicle inbound new york avenue at west virginia and montana avenues. pretty quiet but picking up volume quickly along i-270. back to you. >> thank you very much. school day, school days, good old golden rule days. they are here again for thousands of students in our area, and this morning it's time for kids in montgomery county to get up and head back to class. news 4's tracee wilkins joins you live from quince orchard high school with more on what to expect this year. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we are going to be talking live in jus a second with dr. jerry weast who is the superintendent of the montgomery county school system. just to give you a little background here, now montgomery county schools, they are the 16th largest in the nation. when he arrived 11 years ago, they were number 18. so they have grown significantly, and the population has also changed with that growth. during all of these changes, montgomery county has stayed at the top of the list across the nation for improvement and they're breaking more records and they're ha
with his trip out west. the president held a similar event yesterday in montana. some protesters did come out, but they were kept about a half mile away. >>> five days, that's how long alexandria's former police chief will spend behind bars. david baker pleaded guilty yesterday to drunken driving. he was arrested last month after crashing into another car in arlington. baker faces a $300 fine and a loss of hisriving privileges. >>> and someng minor legal tublm for michael phelps. the poli are issued him two citations in a car accident he did not cause. he showed them an invalid michigan driver's license after the crash and he failed to establish residency in maryland. they say the other driver is to blame for the accident. >>> good morning and welcome to the 9:00 edition of "news 4 today." i'm kimberly suiters. the news is just ahead. chuck bell is up in "storm center 4." are you sweating next? >> no. does it look like i'm sweating? outside we have a beautiful blue sky overhead, nice fair-weather cumulus clouds bubbling up. we have a light wind thats's going to provide was a little bit of
. there is some cooler weather across looks like montana and up toward boise and we're going to eventually tap into that behind is warm weather that will push into the area started tomorrow. we do have some heat advisories in effect just west of the chicagoland area. so the place to be today, yes, out toward the bay, out toward the beaches. for this afternoon, out toward annapolis. temperatures in the upper 80s with partly cloudy sky. temperatures in the low to mid 90s and out toward the beaches. lo at that. the water temperature really nice. temperatures in the mid 70s. mid # mid-80s today. we'll be in and out of the clouts today. notice this big batch of rain all tied to a warm front. that's going to stay to the nokt of u. high pressure will dominate. tomorrow we'll bring in the wam weather and humid weather. this will last right on into monday. monday looked hot and muggy with temperatures around 100 degrees but eventually this front right here will drop down into the area brings us a chance of a thunderstorm or two and then cooling things down on the backside of that front. so for this aft
in idaho and montana. otherwise, no flight delays on tap for the nation. now, here is this front just now coming out of southern ontario into northern indiana and central ohio. ahead of that, we are getting a few showers, but we still have the flow out of the southwest tapping humidity off the gulf of mexico and sweeping it up the at lap tick seaboard. going forward over the next 36 hours, this is a zone of potential precipitation. showers near washington from mid-afternoon all the way into the evening. earlier for the mountains and late morning there as the front approaches. then tonight into tomorrow, the front will stall out just to our south. by tomorrow morning, we may have a lingering shower, especially to our east. during the day, a stalled front with a passing shower near the beaches as well as south and east of washington. otherwise, lower humidity moving in that should linger into friday. a nice break from our usual high heat and humidityeg bin bng tomorrow. for today, it going to be rather uncomfortable withe t humidity levelsheat rhe r.high we'll have a little sun inhi an out
at his town hall in montana. more importantly, they like to see congressional democrats learn from senator claire mccaskill, who we saw here on the "today" show yesterday. >> chalk todd at the white house. as always, thank you very much. >> and let's get a check of the rest of the top stories. ann is on assignment so hoda kotb is filling in at the news desk. >> good morning, everybody. a wildfire in northern california has forced hundreds of peoplof from their homes in santa cruz county. that fire has burned more than 1,000 acres and is threatening some 250 homes. >>> in afghanistan, the taliban is being blamed today for roadside bombings that killed at least 14 civilians, including three children. meantime, it is the second day of a major marine operation against the taliban. today marines helped a family flee to safety after their home was caught in the cross fire. u.s. troops are trying to break the liban' grip on the area in advance of next week's presidential election. >>> former vice president dick cheney reportedly believes former president bush stopped taking his advice dur
. obviously the new supreme court justice, sotomayor. >>> also, hannah montana's dad, billy ray cyrus, dropping by. >> you know how good that chocolate cake was? look at my birthday. mark traub right here, stage manager. finishing off the cake. >> that was good. really good. >>> let's gin side. natalie's standing by with a look at the headlines. >>> good morning. the white house says it deeply regrets scott lan's decision today to free the only person convicted for the 1988 bombing of pan am flight 103 over lockerbie. former libyan agent abdel baset al megrahi was serving a life sentence for the terror that claimed 270 lives. he now has terminal prostate cancer and was released on compassionate grounds. his release announced this morning by scotland's justice secretary. >>> scattered violence in afghanistan today where voters are choosing their next president. at least a dozen taliban rockets have fallen near polling places. the election is seen as a crucial test of u.s. efforts to stabilize the country. >>> police have called off the ground search for kristi cornwell, the georgia mot
cyrus stormed into the spotlight a few years ago as hannah montana, not looking back. now we're looking forward to her being live on the plaza to close out our summer concert series next friday on "today." >>> meantime, we have the lovely and talented natasha bedingfield. >>> do you think you can use cream to get rid of stretch marks or can you use the eye lash growing device, can they make your eye lashes grow longer? we'll talk to a real live medical doctor. >> oh. >> i hate watching shots on tv. >> insections in the face. >> we'll find out if those things work. >> very important question of our time. >>> also coming up, you may have heard of this ""inglourious basterd basterds" kristo wallace, you've got to meet him, he's fantastic. see that movie after you watch the "today" show in the morning. >> on the weekends. >> we have a lot of stuff coming out, this weekend the obamas, heading out for their martha's vineyard vacation, an expert guide to the gre things to see and do and eat there. will the obamas indulge? we'll try to check that out. >>> you may buy the best coffee beans but a
on health care in montana today, and colorado tomorrow. in montana it's in a very conservative part of the state. and meantime today his plan gets a boost from a group of drugmakers, doctors and hospitals which is starting to run ads supporting the health care initiative. the faa says an air traffic controller was on a personal phoncall during last weekend's midair collision over new york. it says the call probably had no bearing on the crash, but both the controller and his supervisor, who was outside of the building, are now suspended. >>> and there is new and disturbing video of that crash. nbc news has obtained these exclusive images which show the moment of impact when the plane and the helicopter collided, killing nine people. investigators will be analyzing this case to see what can be learned. reinforcements on the ground and in the air are expected today in northern california, where a wildfire has forced 2000 people from their homes. higher humidity and lighter winds should help the situation. >>> taiwan's president did raised the death toll from a devastating typhoon to a
for health care reform with two more town hall meetings this week in montana and colorado. at a relatively calm town hall meeting in new hampshire yesterday, the president began calling his initiative by a new name. he's calling it insurance reform. he said that those with private insurance will be able to keep it with more protections if they get sick. those without insurance will be able to choose from a number of plans, one of which would be government-run. mr. obama also shot down rumors that his plan calls for the forced euthanasia of seniors. >> where we do disagree, let's disagree over things that are real, not these wild misrepresentations that bear no reselance to anything that's actually been proposed. >> about 200 demonstrators showed up outside the meeting. one man came with an unconcealed gun, which is legal in new hampshire. he said he wanted to make a political statement that if you don't exercise your rights, you lose them. >>> a close call for an injured hiker. his dramatic rescue was caught on tape. the 34-year-old broke his ankle while hiking along the shenandoah nationa
hannah montana to her own breakout success, she's a star and this friday on "today" miley cyrus will be live on our plaza. a very grown up song. >> i love that. i have it on my ipod. >> coming up in this half hour, even in death one woman is banking on the value of the real estate mantra location, location, location selling the crypt above marilyn monroe. it used to belong to her husband. because she needed the money is moving her husband out of there and offering it to anyone who wants it. we'll get into that coming up. >> very sad. >> it's because of the recession. >>> also ahead, year brewe're b the rules and show you how to wear summer staples including white jeans. we'll show you how to wear floral prints through the fall with your head held high. >> who is in the mood for something sweet? >> i am. >> it's not what it sounds like. these are dumplings filled with peaches. april sure it tastes great. >> it's cool. you need to find something to do with those peaches. >> we have stephanie in for al. >> let's talk about the weather. as ladies mentioned in the northeast they're r
. iowa's going to be normal this week. not too bad. above normal montana and into the dakotas. looks like t >>> well, this is day two of a three-day heat wave. it's probably going to be the hottest day of the summer. we have a heat advisory for these areas in orange. includes washington, arlington, fairfax and prince george's counties and east. we're near 80 degrees and we'll peak in the upper 90s this afternoon. combinatioof that humidity and heat will make it feel like 105 for a few hours mid to late afternoon. hazy sunshine. morrow p >> to find out if it's hot, cold, wet, dry where you are, go to 24 hours a day. >> stephae, thanks very much. >>> when we come back, five things that could be ruining your teeth. >>> but first, this is "today" on nbc. >>> this morning on "today's" health, five thangs could be ruining your teeth. dr. nancy rosen is a dentist here in new york city. when you think of things that ruin teeth, you think of dark colored liquids like coffee, tea, soda. >> color that is nothing to do with it. what's damaging our teeth are sugars and
in new hampshire, in town hall meetings in montana and colorado, the president faced tougher questions from skeptics of his plan. >> why is it that you've changed your strategy? >> you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> reporter: in a "new york times" op-ed on sunday, the president continued to make his case for health care reform, that it will control costs, make medicare more efficient and give those without health insurance a choice. the same message he has delivered on this road trip. >> we will do all of this without adding to our deficit over the next decade, largely by cutting waste and ending sweetheart deals for insurance companies that don't make anybody any healthier. >> reporter: but mr. obama appears to be stepping back from the idea of a government-run public option. >> the public option, whether we have it or we don't have it is not the entirety of health care reform. this is just one sliver of it. >> reporter: on sunday, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius downplayed the idea further. >> i think what's important is choice and competitio
. tomrow with us from montana. guys, thanks very much for your time. i appreciate it. >>> we'll continueur coverage on this story throughout morning. for now let's turn to al roker with a check of the mornins weather. >>> as we look out into the atlantic, we're keeping an eye on dutanceig rht nowbo 350 miles that's just north of the hispaniola. tr course this could become a icopde prprsi, a t a storm. moving right n west-northwest m 20iles per hour. still too ear to figure the track. some models bring it along the eastern seaboard over the weekend. a big potent rainker. also making a lot of rain right now, big storm system getting itself tother, kansas, into missouri, >>> good morning a. clear sky off to work and school this wednesday morning with temperatures in the 60s in the rural areas. near 70 in the nearby suburbs as well as in washington and near the bay. highs today reaching near 90 degrees, and we'll have lots of sun, a little more humid. tomorrow partly to mostly cloudy at times and cooler, a front coming through in the morning ushering in cooler air. and friday and saturday de
ladies, one from montana, one from michigan. >> let's figure them out first. mary fitzgerald is the first woman you guys selected. she's from deborn, michigan. she is 61 years old. she's a single mom, she has two daughters and twograndds. he has had two triple bypass surgeries and three het attacks. she takes ication caused her to lose a lot of her hair. she wears a wig and she's here with her daughter. let's taka listen to her story. >> i know you really want your mother to have this. >> yes, i do. my mother's been sick for a very long time and all the medines that she takes has made her hair very thin. she hasn't found a silist that can cut and color her hair sot doesn't look thin. she recently bought a wig and i want her to be able to take it off. >> i know you are apprehensive about taking off the wig. are you okay to do this? o, oh, yeah, no problem at all. surprise! >> i promise you, we willtake great care of you. no more wig, we are going to make you look beautiful. are you ready to go? >> yeah, thank you. >> wow, that was brave. were excited to see her. she's threi w her daughter
hypnotized. >> go hoda. >> town hall meetings in montana and colorado are next on president obama's agenda this week as he defends his proposed health care overhaul. at a gathering in new hampshire tuesday he urged the crowd to ignore critics who he said try to scare and mislead. but he did not face any of the angry outbursts that have disrupted meetings held by other democrats in recent days. >>> u.s. marines launched a major campaign today to uproot the taliban from a key town in southern afghanistan. their push comes one week before 56 began elections, which the taliban has vowed to disrupt. >>> a politician who hosts the popular tv crime show in brazil is acced of having drug dealers murdered so hisameras could be first on the scene. he calls the accusations absurd. >>> a prayer service takes place in new york today for victims of saturday's midair collision between a small plane and a sightseeing helicopter. the last of nine bodies were recovered tuesday from the hudson river along with a large section of the plane. >>> a new study showsspirin can keep colon cancer from returning, and
, a lot of pressure on a young girl like you. and your character, hannah montana, you're going into your fourth season now. a lot of people still see you in that disney clean-cut image. >> yeah. >> is it hard for you to kind of outgrow that and go past that? >> yeah, you know, i always want to, you know, be known -- it's not necessarily, i don't think it's like perfect girl, but it's someone that is hopefully, you knownspiring oer people, and that's what i want more than anything. i'm not here to say i'mperfect, because m far from that. as we all are. and i'm here to, you know, my mistakes are kind of a little harder because they are in front of millions of people, but i get to go through that and i get to learn. you know, it's hard sometimes to smile about it because half of the time it does suck having to through that, but itlso makes you want to try harder the next time when i know little girls look at me and say i'm their hero. >> do you like being a role model to th? and do you feel youe judged unfairly sometimes? >> sometimes i -- you know, it's kind of like going into this busines
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